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2017 Speakers

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Paul D. Murray (Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University—UK)

Paul D. Murray (Centre for Catholic Studies, University of Durham—UK)
Professor of Systematic Theology & Director of the Centre for Catholic Studies
Durham University
(Durham, UK)
 
Paul Murray is a systematic theologian who has been on the faculty of Durham University’s Theology and Religion Department since 2002 and director of its Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) since 2008. The CCS is the UK’s first permanent center devoted to pioneering research and teaching in Catholic theology in the public academy.

He holds a BA and an MLitt in theology (both from Durham), and his doctoral dissertation at Cambridge focused on issues of post-foundationalism as they figure alike in contemporary American pragmatist thought and contemporary theology. His current research interests are in ecclesiology, ecclesial practice, and the dynamics of ecclesial development, and these are reflected in his MA module at Durham, “Conceiving Change in Contemporary Catholicism,” which contributes to the specialist pathway in Catholic Studies through the MA in theological research. Closely related to his current ecclesiological interests is a series of research projects and international conferences on receptive ecumenism (a fresh strategy for Christian ecumenism that takes long-term difference seriously), of which he is the initiator and director.

His wider teaching and research interests range from the interface between science and theology, political theology, the doctrine of God, and contemporary Catholic theology. As regards broader networks, he is a regular participant in the annual conferences of the Society for the Study of Theology (treasurer 2003-2005) and the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain (president 2012-2014) as well as an occasional participant in the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion. From 2006-2011, he served on the editorial board of Concilium International. In 2011, he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the third phase of work of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III) and in 2012 as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

His numerous publications include the monograph, Reason, Truth, and Theology in Pragmatist Perspective (2004); “Ecumenical Methodology” and “Roman Catholic Theology and Ecumenism” in The Oxford Companion to Catholicism (forthcoming); “On Celebrating Vatican II as Catholic and Ecumenical” in The Second Vatican Council: Celebrating Its Achievements and the Future (2013); and the edited volume, Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning: Exploring a Way for Contemporary Ecumenism (2008).

 

Teresa Okure, SHJC (Catholic Institute of West Africa—Port Harcourt, Nigeria)

Sr. Teresa Okkure, SHCJ (Catholic Institute of West Africa–Port Harcourt, Nigeria)
Professor of Scripture (New Testament) & Gender Hermeneutics
Catholic Institute of West Africa
(Port Harcourt, Nigeria)

A Nigerian and member of the Ibibio tribe, Teresa Okure is a Sister of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ) and the first African to join the Society. She is Professor of Scripture (New Testament) and Gender Hermeneutics, First Scholar-In-Residence at the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA), and a founding member of the institute. Having twice served as academic dean, she played a major role in securing CIWA’s accreditation and developing its postgraduate programs. She has authored and co-authored many books, several book chapters and articles in scholarly journals relating to scripture, mission, inculturation, and church and gender issues; she has also lectured globally, and continues to do so, on these issues.

Sr. Teresa is the current founding president of the Catholic Biblical Association of Nigeria (CABAN) and a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III) as the sole representative of Catholic Africa. She also serves on the advisory committees of many journals, and as a resource person for the hierarchy nationally and internationally (including as an expert at the Second African Synod). She belongs to various biblical, theological, and mission studies associations such as the Pan-African Association of Catholic Exegetes (PACE), Association of African Theologians (ATA), Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS), International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS), and the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians.

Her awards include "Woman of the Year 2004” from the American Biographical Institute (ABI) and “Extraordinary Award” (2016) in recognition of her contribution to inculturation theology from the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria. She has been offered many international awards though not accepted all, due to financial ramifications: Legion of Honor of the United Cultural Convention, U.S. (2006); induction into American Hall of Fame (2006); U.S. Presidential Seal of Honor (2006); and the Gold Medal for Nigeria (2007). And the International Biographical Centre (IBC) in Cambridge, England, extended her the following honors: 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century (2000); the 2004 International Order of Merit (500 recipients worldwide); the Lifetime of Achievement Award for One Hundred (2005).

Felix Wilfred (Concilium & Asian Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies—Chennai, India)

Felix Wilfred (Concilium & Asian Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies—Chennai, India)
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy & Religious Thought, State University of Madras (Chennai, India)
President, Concilium: International Journal of Theology

Prof. Dr. Felix Wilfred is Emeritus Professor of the State University of Madras (Chennai, India) where, until his retirement, he was dean of the Faculty of Arts and also chair of the School of Philosophy and Religious Thought. He is president of the international journal of theology, Concilium, which is published in seven European language editions (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, and Croatian) and is also chief editor of the International Journal of Asian Christianity. He has numerous books and articles to his credit and recently edited the landmark Oxford Handbook of Christianity in Asia. His writings have appeared in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. 

Prof. Dr. Wilfred has served as a member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission with Cardinal Ratzinger as chair and was on deputation by the Government of India as the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Professor of Indian Studies at Trinity College in Dublin. He has also taught as a visiting professor at several international universities including the University of Frankfurt (Germany), University of Münster (Germany), Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands), Boston College (U.S.) Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), and Fudan University (China). And he has also served as a member of the Statutory Ethical Committee of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chennai.

ROUNDTABLE SPEAKERS

C. Thomas Abraham (Ruth Cohn Institute of India—Kottayam, India)

C. Thomas Abraham (Ruth Cohn Institute of India—Kottayam, India)
Founder & President, Ruth Cohn Institute of India (Kottayam, India)
Human Relations Consultant & Accredited Graduate Leader of Theme-Centered Interaction (Berlin)

Bio to come

Patrick Alumuku (Catholic Television of Nigeria, Archdiocese of Abuja—Abuja, Nigeria)

Patrick Alumuku (Catholic Television of Nigeria, Archdiocese of Abuja—Abuja, Nigeria)
Director, Catholic Television of Nigeria
Archdiocese of Abuja
(Abuja, Nigeria)

Bio to come


Paul Avis (Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II—Exeter, UK)

Paul Avis (Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II—Exeter, UK)
Chaplain to HM Queen Elizabeth II
Editor-in-Chief, Ecclesiology
(Exeter, UK)

Bio to come

Lusmarina Campos (Past President, Council of Christian Churches of Rio de Janiero—Brazil)

Lusmarina Campos (Past President, Council of Christian Churches of Rio de Janiero—Brazil)
Past President, Council of Christian Churches of Rio de Janeiro
(Rio de Janeiro)

Lusmarina Campos Garcia holds a master's in law (2016) and a bachelor degree in law and social sciences (1994) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; she also has a bachelor degree in theology from the Baptist Theological Seminary in Southern Brazil (1985). Her work connects human rights, society, theology, and art in a liturgical and humanitarian view within the context of the global ecumenical movement, seeking to identify and discuss issues related to the reality of different social segments, especially of minority groups. Inserted in the context of international campaigns, her work aims to sensitize the audience in order to deconstruct discriminatory attitudes and create opportunities for dialogue.

Lusmarina is past president of the Council of Christian Churches of Rio de Janiero and served as a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Geneva for nine years. During that time, she worked in close contact with international organizations such as the World Council of Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, and the World Communion of Reformed Churches, among others.

Mark Chapman (Ripon College, Cuddeson—UK)

Mark Chapman (Ripon College Cuddeson—UK)
Vice Principal, Ripon College, Cuddeson
Professor, History of Modern Theology, University of Oxford
(Oxford, UK)

Mark Chapman is professor of the history of modern theology at the University of Oxford and vice principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, a Church of England Seminary, where he has taught for the past 25 years. He is a Church of England priest and serves in a group of small churches just outside Oxford. He is also canon theologian of Truro Cathedral. He is currently a member of the General Synod of the Church of England and a member of the Council for Christian Unity, which is its principal ecumenical body.  

He has written widely on many different areas of ecclesiology, theology, and church history with a particular focus on Anglicanism and 19th- and early 20th-century theology.  His books include Theology and Society in Three Cities: Berlin, Oxford and Chicago, 1800-1914 (2014); The Fantasy of Reunion: Anglicans, Catholics, and Ecumenism, 1833-1880 (2014); Anglican Theology (2012); and Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (2006). He is also co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Anglican Studies (2015). A committed ecumenist, he is co-editor of the Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue series with Palgrave Macmillan and vice chair of the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network.


Grace Ji-Sun Kim (Earlham School of Religion—Richmond, IN)

Grace Ji-Sun Kim (Earlham School of Religion—Richmond, IN)
Associate Professor, Theology
Earlham School of Religion (Richmond, IN, USA)

Grace Ji-Sun Kim received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and is an associate professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion. Also an ordained minister of word and sacrament within the Presbyterian (USA) denomination, she writes in the intersection of religion, racism, sexism, and social justice. She has given papers/lectures throughout the U.S. and in Korea, Myanmar, Spain, Brazil, Switzerland, Peru, and Canada.

Kim is the author of six books: Embracing the Other (2015); Theological Reflections on “Gangnam Style” (2014), co-written with Joseph Cheah; Contemplations from the Heart (2014); Colonialism, Han, and the Transformative Spirit (2013); The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other (2011); and The Grace of Sophia (2010). Among her edited volumes are Christian Doctrines for Global Gender Justice (2015), co-edited with Jenny Daggers, and Here I Am (2015). Presently, she is working onThe Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the Holy Spirit (forthcoming, Fortress Press) and is a co-editor with Joseph Cheah for the Palgrave Macmillan series, Asian Christianity in the Diaspora. She has also written over 70 book chapters, journal articles, and book reviews.

Recently, Kim has been elected to the American Academy of Religion’s board of directors as an at-large director. She also serves on the American Academy of Religion’s (AAR) Research Grants Jury Committee and is a co-chair of AAR’s steering committee, Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching and Activism Group. She is a steering committee member of AAR’s Comparative Theology Group and Religion and Migration Group. She sits on the editorial board for the Journal for Religion and Popular Culture and is also a referee for that journal as well as the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion and The Global Studies Journal. In addition, she serves as an advisory board member for the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School.

Kim writes for The Huffington Post, Sojourners, EthicsDaily.com, Wabash Center, and is co-editor of the Feminist Studies in Religion. She has also written for TIME, The Feminist Wire, Feminism and Religion, the Forum for Theological Education, 99 Brattle, and The Nation.

Elias Bongmba (Rice University—Houston)

Elias Bongmba (Rice University—Houston)
The Harry & Hazel Chavanne Chair in Christian Theology and Professor of Religion
Rice University (Houston)

Bio to come

Philip Wingeier-Rayo (Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary—Austin, TX)

Philip Wingeier-Rayo (Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary—Austin, TX)
Associate Professor of Evangelism, Mission & Methodist Studies
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Austin, TX, USA)

Philip Wingeier-Rayo is associate professor of evangelism, mission and Methodist studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He teaches courses on the missional church, evangelism, Christianity and culture, as well as global Christianities. Previously, he has taught at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, Pfeiffer University in North Carolina, and the Baez Camargo Seminary in Mexico City. He served as a missionary for a total of 15 years in Cuba, Mexico, and Nicaragua, and in the Rio Grande Valley.

He serves on the steering committee of the Wesley Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion, the International Association for Mission Studies, and the United Methodist Professors of Mission. He has published numerous articles and two books: Cuba Methodism: The Untold Story of Survival and Revival, 2nd edition (2006) and Where are the Poor? An Ethnographic Study of a Base Christian Community and a Pentecostal Church in Mexico (2011). His current research involves models of multicultural congregations and ministry among immigrants. Dr. Wingeier-Rayo is married and has three children.


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